Sharables Lesson 14 – A Walk Down 8 Mile
Dr. Randy T. Johnson | Growth Pastor
In college I drove a beautiful Honda 750. It was red with gold and black trim. The helmets matched the bike which was fully dressed out. It was fabulous. One day I was driving down 8 Mile and my bike just “died” on me. I had nothing. The gas gauge showed I had plenty of fuel, but I still checked the tank just in case. That was not the problem. Back then cell phones were not an option, and I could not just leave it for later (remember I am on 8 Mile), so I started walking while pushing this beast. A couple of different people stopped and asked if I ran out of gas. I replied, “No, I am not sure what is wrong.” Finally, one guy pulled over and stopped. He asked if I had checked the fuses. I must admit, I did not know what he was talking about. He popped open the side panel and pulled off a fuse. “Yeap, you have a bad fuse. Hey, look here. There is a spare in this container.” He put the fuse in and the bike started right up with no problem. Obviously, I was thrilled and thanked him. I immediately went and got another fuse in case I needed it in the future. It cost 25 cents. Amazing how much little things matter. I also appreciated how prepared the previous owner was to have another fuse. I would be prepared for the future.
Matthew 25:1-13 contains the parable of some young ladies being prepared and others not, “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”
The Lord is coming again and we need to be prepared. 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18 say, “For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.”
I just want to point out a couple of things. One, it is evident from this passage that Jesus is coming again. Two, where Matthew reminds us to be ready, this passage uses the Return of the Lord as a means of encouragement.
Be ready. Be thankful. Be active in witnessing.